Sonic redesign is actually what its FX designers wanted in the first place

Sonic the hedgehog movie redesign is actually what its FX designers wanted in the first place

Fans across the world have rejoiced today at the Sonic redesign for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the character’s new, surprisingly okay-looking trailer. What may or may not deeply surprise you, however, is that this “Sonic redesign” is apparently what the special effects designers wanted to use in the first place. Motion capture animator Stu Whitten of VFX studio MPC Film revealed as much on Twitter today:

This would imply that Paramount and/or others at various levels of business had requested changes to the original, traditional design. And the result of those requested changes gave us the Sonic that a lot of people despised. Personally, I wasn’t that bothered by the maligned design, but in any case, Sonic’s design in the first trailer might become an example of “death by committee.”

One tweet may not tell the whole story though, as artist Tyson Hesse also revealed on Twitter that he had been brought on to “lead the design” for the Sonic redesign. Hesse is a longtime Sonic collaborator. He drew for the Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog comic, animated the opening and closing sequences of Sonic Mania, and directed the Sonic Mania Adventures cartoon.

It sounds like it took a genuine team effort to get Sonic looking his best for the “Sonic redesign” in┬áthe Sonic movie, even if there had been plans to make him look like that in the first place.

What do you make of this complicated, yet ultimately joyous situation?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!